Life at UBS

Despite the fact that we all come from different backgrounds and specialize in a variety of areas, there are two things that unite us. A steady belief that we’re stronger together, and the willingness and curiosity to constantly learn and innovate. That’s the key to us unlocking our full potential, and it’s what we look for in everyone who joins us.

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What makes us stand out?

Great work is never done alone

We draw on our differences – who we are, what we've experienced and how we think – to come together and deliver advice and solutions for our clients and for society. When we work together, the result of our work is stronger. Each of us is more than one person. 

As one of the global leaders in our industry, we recognize the responsibility that we carry every day, and the expectations to which we are held. Here’s a few examples of how we are making an impact:

38%

of our employees (more than 27,000) volunteered in 2019.

202, 784h

invested working in the local communities.

3.3mn

children were supported by UBS Optimus Foundation initiatives in 2019.

100%

of our electricity will be from renewable sources by the end of 2020; currently we are at 72%.

$488bn

investments of our core sustainable at the end of 2019, surpassing our three-year goal ahead of schedule.

We want to make a difference

Digital evolutions. New market opportunities. Fresh product and service offerings. Ready to join a firm that never sits still? We're not waiting for the future, we are actively shaping it. Commonly passionate, curious and adaptable, we disrupt the norm and bring new value for our clients, every day.

Our Digital Factory

is a new co-working space where UBS colleagues from all areas come together to innovate, create and challenge the status quo.

Our various innovation labs

play a central role in our global innovation strategy, allowing our teams to engage with local fintech ecosystems and explore local trends in our key markets and businesses. To date, we have activated multiple Labs and innovation outposts all over the globe.

We unlock the full potential of our employees

We'll only be as good as our desire and agility to respond to change. From gaining new experiences in different roles to acquiring fresh knowledge and skills – we never stop growing and learning because life never stops teaching. We evolve with market changes and client needs, do more than we thought possible, and open new doors to the future – for ourselves, our clients, and our firm.

The UBS University

gives all our employees the opportunity to learn and develop through a diverse range of offerings. It emphasizes future-skills development and personal growth for all employees.

A new digital skills curriculum

that builds knowledge about topics such as blockchain, cloud computing, robotics and artificial intelligence, we're preparing all our employees for the future.

Our mobile learning app

which houses a large portion of our educational programs and trainings so our employees can learn whenever and wherever they want.

1,100,000 learning activities

has been completed last year by our permanent employees including mandatory training on compliance, business and other topics. This averages to more than two training days per employee.

Our Career Navigator

is a platform that supports our employees with internal mobility. It’s a game changer and enables them to explore career paths and search for open roles that match their interests, while allowing our recruiters to find internal talent more easily. It also identifies skill gaps with regard to new roles and interests, and directly links to learning opportunities to help fill these gaps.

Our leadership development offering

allows us to make sure that our leaders have the skills they need to develop their businesses and their people, and to lead effectively in the digital transformation age.

Diversity and inclusion

An inclusive culture and diverse workforce are crucial to our long-term success. Diversity and inclusion matter in our business. An inclusive and diverse workforce makes us better leaders and contributes to a more innovative, dynamic and, ultimately, a more successful company. And, variety helps us meet the needs of our diverse client base. We are especially focused on hiring, retaining and promoting more women across the firm. We're working hard to build a culture where everyone feels welcome, respected, and is a valuable part of our team – wherever in UBS they work.

UN Standards of Conduct

We are a strong supporter of the UN Standards of Conduct for Business anti-discrimination guidelines, and are a signatory to the UK government's Women in Finance Charter.

Employee networks

Our 40+ employee networks regularly communicate and host events on gender, culture, ethnicity, LGBTQ+, Pride, disability, veterans, parenting, elder care and other topics.

Equal-salary

We're proud to be one of the first banks certified by the Swiss foundation EQUAL-SALARY for our equal pay practices in Switzerland in 2020.

UBS Career Comeback

To date, our Career Comeback program has helped 142 women and 8 men relaunch their careers.

Rewards and benefits

Employee wellbeing is extremely important to us, and that's why we offer competitive benefits to all employees across the firm. Our benefits programs often go above and beyond legal requirements and cover:

  • Physical wellbeing – Our benefits work to enhance employees' physical health and to protect against unforeseen events. A range of offerings, including insurance coverage and wellness programs, are available in all of our locations.
  • Mental wellbeing – Our Employee Assistance Program offers support and counseling to employees and their immediate family as they go through life’s challenges. We teamed up with an external provider to promote mindfulness and support resiliency in managing stress. We also offer generous time-off benefits, along with a variety of paid and unpaid leave options and flexible working opportunities to fit your personal needs.
  • Financial wellbeing – We're an equal opportunity employer, committed to pay equity for all employees. We also understand how important retirement and financial planning are to employees, and that's why we provide comprehensive pension plans and an employee stock purchase plan.
  • Social wellbeing – Through the UBS Optimus Foundation we drive impactful philanthropy that delivers real solutions for social needs. To complement this, we match employee charitable donations and provide paid leave for employees to volunteer their time on community and environmental initiatives, in addition to UBS-organized community events. In fact, our employees logged 202,784 volunteer hours in 2019.

Our awards

We're consistently recognized as a high-quality employer. Find out what our most recent employer and people-related awards are.

Our culture

How do we achieve our vision and execute our strategy? By living our three keys to success. Our Pillars, Principles and Behaviors epitomize the best of our heritage. They determine how we work with our stakeholders and each other, how we recruit, and how we make decisions.

Our business

We operate through four business divisions: Global Wealth Management, Personal & Corporate Banking, Asset Management and the Investment Bank. Our global reach and the breadth of our expertise are major assets that set us apart from our competitors. We see these partnerships as key to our growth, both within and between business divisions. All of our business divisions work closely with our Group Functions teams, making sure that we continue our presence as a global market leader.